Prince Rupert, BC to Dawson City, YT

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Prince Rupert, BC to Dawson City, YT

One of Prince Rupert’s many Murals.

The ferry arrived into Prince Rupert and we disembarked at 5am. First, we went to MacDonald’s for Breakfast and free WiFi where we could catch up on current affairs. This was a maintenance day, we rotated the tires on the truck, had haircuts, banking and paid bills. Once all this was complete we visited a couple of museums and took a walk down to the harbor area which is a quite trendy area, this is where we met Andrew an Overlander from Switzerland. We had some sushi for dinner then headed out of town towards Terrace to find a spot to spend the night.

Andrew and his van ‘el cuchucho’

In the morning, we travelled into Terrace where we did laundry and then met up with Oliver and Suzanna who live in Canmore, Alberta and were heading north and also own an OEV camper. After this we had to do some grocery shopping and stock up with supplies for the road north, once this was complete we set off towards the Stewart-Cassier highway and started looking for a camp spot for the night where we found a nice remote location on a lake.

Start of the Stewart-Cassier Highway.

Wild camping spot for the night next to McLease lake.

Next day we continued on to Stewart and Hyder, Hyder being in Alaska. After visiting the Information Center in Stewart. We crossed the boarder and had dinner at the Blue Bus – Seafood Express restaurant, this was recommended by a flag lady we had talked to while waiting to go past some roadworks on the way to Stewart. It did not disappoint and was worth the stop. We then stopped at Fish Creek bear and fish watching station which provided a wealth of information about the salmon runs and bear activity in the area.

Read the pink writing on the chalk board.

After having fresh caught Halibut and Chips we travelled up to Salmon Glacier which happens to be back in Canada but is only accessible via Hyder. By the time we arrived at the Glacier it was around 9pm so decided to just spend the night there.

Next morning, we awoke to find ourselves socked in by clouds and could not see the Glacier at all, it was lucky we had taken photo’s the night before, as it is said, if there is no photo it did not happen.

We travelled back down the mountain and stopped at the Toe of the Glacier and found some wildlife.

A local Marmot.

We continued on and checked out Hyder then crossed the boarder back into Stewart where we checked into the local campground for the night before taking a walk through the town and visiting the local museum which was very informative regarding the history of Stewart, Hyder and the surrounding area.

A snow shoe for a horse.

While in Stewart we also ran into Andrew and his wife, Oliver & Susan and also Klaus & Johana from Germany and their huge Overland Rig.

We left Stewart to head towards Watson Lake, continuing up the Stewart-Cassier highway where we also see a black bear crossing the road. Late in the afternoon we found a wild camp spot at Upper Gnat Lake for the night.

In the morning, we continued crossing the British Columbian/Yukon boarder and on to Watson Lake stopping at the information center where they have a Signpost Farm. People from all over the world come here and leave all kinds of signs.

We hauled out our front Licence plate that has not been installed on our truck and temporally added it to the farm for a photo, but removing it, as later on our travels it will be needed. We left one of our laminated ‘…gone trip’n’ cards.

From here we continued for a few more miles west and found a campsite at Rancheria. In the morning, we called at Teslin Lake on the way to Whitehorse. We visited the museum here and found some interesting information on one of its former residents, Kash’kla – George Johnston a very unique individual and some local constabulary who was quite the card.  Take the time to read about George!


In Whitehorse, we spent a couple of days doing some shopping and relaxing and visiting some of the historical monuments and museum. Whitehorse has a history with Railways, River Boats, Goldrush, Mining, Oil & Gas service center and the Alcan Highway.


After leaving Whitehorse late in the day we drove to Tahini Hot Springs for the evening camp spot and soak in the springs. Next morning, we left the Alcan Highway behind and travelled up Yukon #2. On our way north, we stopped at Five Finger Rapids, this was a major obstacle for the river boats to navigate.  The challenges they had getting into and exploring the north are unbelievable.  We have the utmost respect for the tenacity of these men and women!

Again, continuing north to Dawson City where we stayed for three days. After settling in the downtown campsite; Gold Rush, we toured the town finding some interesting historical buildings, seeing a show at Diamond Tooth Gerties and had beer at the Downtown Hotel famous for the Sour Toe Cocktail. There are no paved roads in Dawson and all sidewalks are wooden. Our neighbors in the Gold Rush campsite were Charlie, Laura and their son Nate who we plan on hooking up with down the road in the future.

 

Next: The Dempster.

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